A Gilded Age cartoon depicting monopolists intensely watching the activities of the United States congress. This cartoon depicts the elites as bloated giants, resembling large money bags, almost suggesting that they run congress through financial means.

Captains of Industry or Robber Barons?

Revisit the Gilded Age, or Age of Enterprise as some call it, and read deeply about the ideas, actions, and legacies of the leading political and industrial figures of the times, exploring the question of whether these people are properly portrayed as either ‘Robber Barons’ or ‘Captains of Industry’ – or, perhaps, something of both.

This program will be conducted as a Socratic discussion, utilizing primary source documents as the only readings, and with the Discussion Leader facilitating the conversation, instead of lecturing or presenting. Registrants, therefore, are highly encouraged to read all the documents in advance and come ready with questions. All attendees will receive a Letter of Attendance at the end of the seminar.



November 8, 2022 -
November 8, 2022
8:30 AM EST
2:15 PM EST
Wilmington/New Hanover County Schools
Wilmington/New Hanover County Schools
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